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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 08:32 PM

House Passes Bill Repealing Common Core Standards

During this evening’s floor session, the House Completed legislative action on SB 382, declaring claims against the state, and also passed 13 other bills including HB 2934, which would repeal the Common Core Standards currently implemented in West Virginia schools. The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

 HB 2976, which would expand the eligible master’s and doctoral level programs for which a Nursing Scholarship may be awarded, was also passed during the evening floor session.

The House also read 14 bills for a second time including HB 2485, relating to the West Virginia Future Fund  and read 28 bills for a first time including HB 2515, relating to elk restoration.

The House is adjourned until 11a.m. Monday, March 2.

Government Organization will hold a public hearing Monday at 8 a.m. in the House Chamber regarding Senate Bill 559, relating to social work licensing exemptions.

The following committees will meet Monday, March 2:

Roads and Transportation- 10 a.m.- 215E
Judiciary-30 minutes following floor session-410M
Finance-2 p.m.-460M
Government Organization-2 p.m.- 215E

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 06:07 PM

House Passes Prevailing Wage Bill

Today’s afternoon floor session was a lengthy one as the House debated and voted on  SB 361, which would eliminate the prevailing hourly wage requirement for construction of public improvements.


Under SB 361, Workforce West Virginia, in coordination with the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research and the Center for Business and Economic Research at Marshall University would investigate and determine the prevailing hourly rate of wages in the state. Currently, that duty is in the hands of the West Virginia Division of Labor.

Workforce West Virginia, WVU, and Marshall would be given up until June 1, 2015 to determine the methodology for calculating the prevailing wage rate which Workforce West Virginia would present to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance who would review the methodology further. Then on or before July 1, 2015 the prevailing hourly rate for the remainder of the year would need approved.

The bill also stipulates that on or before September 30, 2018, and in every third year after, Workforce will review the methodology for determining the prevailing wage.

This bill would apply to those public improvements in excess of $500,000 in cost.

A number of lawmakers arose to speak on the bill, both for and against it. After hours of debate the bill passed by a vote of 56-39.

Senate Bill 361 now goes back to the Senate for further consideration.

The House recessed until 6 p.m. before continuing to consider further bills.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 01:11 PM

Senate Passes Amended Storage Tank Act, Lays Over Charter Schools

The Senate completed action on four bills, passed 11 bills on for consideration in the House of Delegates and advanced 13 bills from second to third reading during a morning floor session.

The Senate concurred with the House amendments and completed action on House Bill 2201, which would require the Public Service Commission to adopt certain net metering and interconnection rules and standards. This bill was originally vetoed by the Governor due to technical errors. The Senate also concurred with the House amendments and completed action on Senate Bill 175, which authorizes DHHR  to promulgate legislative rules and Senate Bill 187, which would authorize the Department of Revenue to promulgate legislative rules. House Bill 2099 also completed. The law would extend the time of meetings of local levying bodies when meetings are delayed.

Senate Bill 389 was one of the 11 bills to pass and move to the House for consideration. The bill, which was recently vetoed by the Governor due to technical errors, relates to the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers license renewals and reinstatements.

Senate Bill 423, the bill to amend the Aboveground Storage Tank Act, was moved to the foot of bills on first reading. Senate Bill 14, which creates the Public Charter Schools Act of 2015, was laid over again and is tenatively scheduled to be taken up on Monday.

The Senate is in recess until 1:30 p.m.

UPDATE:

The Senate met briefly Saturday afternoon to pass Senate Bill 423, which amends the Aboveground Storage Tank Act. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.

The Senate also advanced 18 bills from first to second reading.

The Senate is in recess until tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Judiciary was planning to meet following adjournment in 208W

 

 

 

 



Friday, February 27, 2015 - 03:19 PM

Creating Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015 Passes

The House met today to discuss and later pass Senate Bill 357 which would create the Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015. Two other Senate bills were passed including Senate Bill 175 that would authorize the DHHR promulgate legislative rules and Senate Bill 187 would authorize the Department of Revenue to promulgate legislative rules.

 

Following a recess, the House continued with the business on the House Special Calendar. Three bills were passed in the evening session including House Bill 2161 which would adopt the Uniform Act on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking.

Several bills on 2nd Reading were read and advanced to third reading. Senate Bill 361, which would eliminating prevailing hourly wage requirement for construction of public improvements and House Bill 2934, which would repeal the common core standards, were among the bills advanced to third reading.

Fourteen bills on first reading, including House Bill 2485, which relates to the West Virginia Future Fund, were advanced to 2nd Reading.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Finance will meet at 2:15 in 460M

Judiciary will meet at 2:30 p.m. in 410M

Government Organization will meet at 3 p.m. in 215E

Education will meet at 3 p.m. in 434M

Education will meet immediately following the floor session in 434M.

Judiciary will meet 30 minutes following the floor session in 410M.

The following House committees will meet tomorrow:

Judiciarywill meet at 9 a.m. in 410M

Finance will meet at 10:30 a.m. in 460M

The House is adjourned until 1 p.m. tomorrow.


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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 03:01 PM

Senate Passes Firearms Act of 2015

Senate Bill 398 and House Bills 2457 and House Bill 2523 completed legislation today. SB 398, extending expiration date for health care provider tax on eligible acute care hospitals, completed after the Senate concurred and passed House amendments. HB 2457 prohibits the use of the name or likeness of elected or appointed officials on publicly-owned vehicles and HB 2523 creates a special revenue account to offset costs for the West Virginia State Police 100th Anniversary in 2019.
 
The Senate also passed 15 Senate bills during today’s floor session including Senate Bill 347, Senate Bill 393, and Senate Bill 537.
 
Senate Bill 347 creates the Firearms Act of 2015, SB 393 would reform the juvenile justice system in West Virginia and SB 537 would change the mandatory school instructional days to minutes.
 
Twelve bills on second reading were advanced to third, including SB 423 and SB 502 which were advanced after the adoption of amendments.
 
All bills on first reading were considered introduced have been advanced to second reading.
 
The Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 47, creating Multiple Sclerosis Awareness.
 
The Senate is in recess until 5 p.m. today.
 
The following Senate committees will meet today:
Education at 2:30 in 451M.
Government Organization at 2:45 in 208W.
Judiciary at 3:30 in 208W.​
 
UPDATE: 
The Senate reconveined at 5 P.M. today to receive committee reports and Senate Bill 14, the Creating Public Charter Schools Act of 2015, was laid over for a day.
 
The Senate is adjurned untill Saturday at 10 A.M.
 
The Following Committees will meet tomorrow:
Judiciary at 10 A.M. in 208W
Finance at 1 P.M. in 451M
 
 

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 02:03 PM

House Passes Bill Removing Severance Tax on Timber

Today the House of Delegates met to pass 11 bills. Among those, Senate Bill 398 would extend expiration date for health care provider tax on eligible acute care hospitals,House Bill 2103 would relate to generally to boards of examination and registration, House Bill 2268 would remove the severance tax on timber, and House Bill 2462 would relate to certain deposits of tax proceeds. 

Other bill passed included House Bill 2462, which would relate to certain deposits of tax proceeds, House Bill 2571 which would create a fund for pothole repair contributed to by private businesses or entities, House Bill 2652  which would reduce the assessment paid by hospitals to the Health Care Authority andHouse Bill 2657  which would allow members of the Livestock Care Standards Board to be reimbursed for expenses consistent with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture Travel Policy and Procedure.

The House adopted three concurrent resolutions. The resolutions included House Concurrent Resolution 29, House Concurrent Resolution 39 and House Concurrent Resolution 51

Following a recess, the House reconvened to read bills on 2nd and 1st reading. 

One bill, Senate Bill 357, would create a Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015, was read for a second time and advanced to third reading after much discussion and debate regarding amendments. Another 16 bills were read for a first time while House Bill 2881 was recommitted to the Government Organization Committee. All bills can be found on the House Special Calendar.The House also received a veto message regarding two bills, House Bill 2201 and Senate Bill 335. The House amended House Bill 2021 and repassed it sending it to the Senate for their consideration. The House concurred with Senate Amendments on SB 335 and repassed the measure, completing its legislative action and sending it back to the Governor.

Government Organization will hold a public hearing tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. in the House Chamber regarding 2881.

The following House committees will meet today:

Judiciary will meet today at 1:15 p.m. in 410M.

Education Subcommittee B will meet today at 2 p.m. in 434M.

Health and Human Resources will meet today at 3 p.m. in 215E.

Energy will meet today at 3:15 p.m. in 410M.

 

The following House committees will meet tomorrow:

Banking and Insurance will meet tomorrow at 8 a.m. in 215E.

Judiciary will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 410M.

Government Organization will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 215E.

Finance will meet tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in 460M.

 

 

The House is adjourned 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 01:03 PM

Senate Corrects Technical Errors on Senate Bill 335

The Senate amended and repassed Senate Bill 335, creating the Access to Opioid Antagonists Act, during today's floor session. The Governor, who recommended the bill, was forced to veto it due to technical errors. The bill will complete in the House once the House concurs. 

Senate Bill 14, creating the Public Charter Schools Act of 2015, was laid over one day on third reading.

Twelve Senate Bills on second reading were advanced to third, and House Bills 2523 and 2576 were also advanced to third.

Seven bills on first reading were advanced to second. 

All bills on first reading were considered introduced.

The Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 46, recognizing West Virginia and Taiwan’s sister-state relationship.

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

The following Senate Committees will meet today:

Health at 1 p.m. in 451M 

Education at 2 p.m. in 451M. UPDATE: 6:15 p.m. in 451M.

Gov Org at 2 p.m. in 208W.

Finance at 2 p.m. in 451M.

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W.​

 

The following Senate committees will meet tomorrow: 

Finance at 9:30 in 451M.

Education at 10 a.m. in 451M.

Government Organization at 2p.m. in 208W.

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 02:10 PM

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Bill Completes Legislative Action

During today’s floor session the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind presented the House of Delegates with a moving performance and then were presented with a citation.

A citation was also presented to the West Virginia Nursing Association.

The House completed legislative action for Senate Bill 238 which will limit certain county board of education liability arising from unorganized recreation.

Nine bills were also passed including House Bill 2440 which would prevent taxpayer subsidization of health insurance covering elective abortions. House Bill 2283 would authorize the Department of Environmental Protection to promulgate legislative rules. House Bill 2627 would provide protection against property crimes committed against coal mines, utilities and other industrial facilities. House Bill 2628 would change the date of filing announcements of candidacies House Bill 2674 would home schooled students eligible for a PROMISE scholarship without taking the GED test. House Bill 2778 would create a State Infrastructure Fund Program. House Bill 2820  would relate to affirmative defenses against mechanics' liens.  

Thirteen bills were read for a second time. 

Five bills were read for a first time. 

The House reconvened at 6 p.m. in order to complete legislative action on House Bill 2568 which will create The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Senate Bill 508 was read for a first time and advanced to second reading.

The House Government Organization Committee will hold a public hearing at 8 a.m. on Friday February 27th in the House Chamber on House Bill 2881 West Virginia Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act.

The following House Committees will meet today:

 

Judiciary will meet immediately following the house adjournment in 410M.

 

Finance will meet at 2 p.m. in 460M.

 

Government Organization will meet immediately following the house adjournment in 215E

 

Education will meet at 3 p.m. in 434M

 

 

 

The following House committees will meet tomorrow:

Judiciary will meet at 9 a.m. in 410M

Finance will meet at 9 a.m. in 460M.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow. 

 

 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 01:49 PM

Senate Completes Action on Three Bills, Passes Twenty-Nine Bills

During today's floor session, the Senate completed three House Bills and passed twenty-nine Senate Bills.

House Bills 20252234, and 2669 completed legislative action. HB 2025, prohibiting certain sex offenders from loitering within one thousand feet of a school or child care facility, completed after the Senate adopted a conference report. HB 2234, requiring a court to permit a party in a divorce proceeding to resume using the he or she used prior to the marriage, completed after the Senate receded from their amendments. HB 2669, relating to compulsory tuberculosis, also completed. 

Senate Bills 109 and 484 were two of the bills that passed today. Senate Bill 109 would allow exemptions for certain veteran's organizations in regards to local indoor smoking prohibitions, as well as establish a procedure for other establishments to apply for exemptions. Senate Bill 484 also passed, which would alter the procedure used to remove public officials. 

House Bill 2568, relating to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, passed the Senate but was sent back to the House for a title amendment. 

Senate Bill 14, creating the West Virginia Public Charter School Act, has been advanced from second to third reading.

The Senate also adopted two resolutions. Senate Resolution 44 recognized WV Rosie the Riverter's, Max Marshall, along with Jackson Jones, both veterans who served the nation during WWII. 

The second resolution was SR 45, recognizing West Virginia's Nurses for Unity Day. 

 

The Senate is in recess until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

The following Senate committees will meet today:

Finance at 4:45 p.m. in 451M.

Pensions at 4:30 p.m. in 208W.

Judiciary at 5:30 p.m. in 208W.

 

The following Senate committees will meet tomorrow: 

Finance at 9:30 a.m. in 451M.

Judiciary at 10 a.m. in 208W.

Health at 1 p.m. in 451M.

Education at 2 p.m. in 451M.

Government Organization at 2 p.m. in 208W.

 

 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 02:38 PM

Charter School Bill Discharged From Finance, Read First Time

Today in the Senate, Senate Bill 14 was discharged from the Finance Committee and read a first time. The bill would create the West Virginiana Public Charter Schools Act of 2015.

The Senate adopted the conference committee report and completed legislation on House BIll 2002, which would predicate actions for damages upon principles of comparative fault. 

Six bills were read a third time and passed. One of which, Senate Bill 292 would establish a uniform date of December 31 for the expiration of licenses for the business of currency exchange, transportation or transmission.

36 bills were read for a second time and advanced to third reading. 

The senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow. 

The Following committees will meet today:

Education at 2 P.M. in 451M

Government Organization at 2 P.M. in 208W.

Judiciary at 3 P.M. in 208W. 

 

UPDATE: 

Government Organization at 5:45 p.m. in 208W

Judiciary at 6:45 p.m. in 208W.

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Finance at 10:30 A.M. in 451M

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 01:06 PM

House Passes Eye Care Consumer Protection Law

Today, the House passed seven bills that were on third reading. Among these were House Bill 2662 which would establish the Eye Care Consumer Protection Law. House Bull 2493 relates to requirements for insurance policies and contracts providing accident and sickness insurance or direct health care services that cover anti-cancer medications. 

Other bills that passed include House Bill 2457. This bill would prohibit the use of the name or likeness of elected or appointed officials on publicly-owned vehicles. House Bill 2615 would establish the Small Buisness Capital Act. House Bill 2648 would allow authorized entities to maintain a stock of epinephrine auto-injectors to be used for emergency. House Bill 2733 would remove certain combinations of drugs containing hydrocodone from Schedule III of the controlled substances law. House Bill 2879 relates to certain limitations on amount of state funds on deposit in any depository. 

Ten bills were read for a second time. One such bill was House Bill 2627 which would provide protection against property crimes committed against coal mines, utilities and other industrial facilities. House Bill 2773 was laid over till tomorrow to be read for a second time. This bill relates to the West Virginia Film Industry Investment tax credit.

Fifteen bills were read for a first time.

 

The House is in recess until 6:00 p.m. this evening

 

The House reconvened for committee reports this evening. A motion was made to reject the committee report for Senate Bill 357 and send it back to committee. The motion ultimately failed.

 

The House is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow 

 

The following committees will meet today:

Judiciary will meet at 1:00 p.m. in Room 410M

Health and Human Resources will meet at 3:00 p.m. in Room 215E

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Judiciary will meet at 9:00 a.m. in Room 410M

Finance will meet at 9:00 a.m. in Room 460M

Education will meet at 9:00 a.m. in Room 434M

Government Organization will meet at 9:00 a.m. in Room 215E

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Monday, February 23, 2015 - 02:29 PM

House Completes Legislative Action on House Bill 2010

Today the House passed the Senate amended House Bill 2010. The bill has completed all legislative action and is pending the signature of the governor. The bill requires the elections of justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, circuit court judges, family court judges and magistrates be nonpartisan and by division.

The House also passed two bills. House Bill 2562 relates to sales tax increment financing. House Bill 2770 would make a supplementary appropriation from the State Fund, State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund, to the Division of Human Services. 

Seven bills were read for a second time. Some of these include House Bill 2648 which would authorized entities to maintain a stock of epinephrine auto-injectors to be used for emergency. Another bill is House Bill 2457 which would prohibit the use of the name or likeness of elected or appointed officials on publicly-owned vehicles.

Thirteen bills were read for a first time.

 

The House is in recesss until 6:00 p.m. this evening

The House reconvened this evening to take committee reports and pass legislation. The House concurred with Senate amendments to Senate Bill 6. This bill relates to professional medical liability.

They also received two conference committee reports and adopted both of them. They then passed House Bill 2002, which relates to predicating actions for damages upon principles of comparative fault. The other bill was House Bill 2025, which prohibits certain sex offenders from loitering within one thousand feet of a school or child care facility.

The House suspended the constitutional rule on House Bill 2755 which requires the bill be read on three seperate days. The House then passed the bill which relates to service and professional employee positions at jointly established schools.

 

The House is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow

 

 

 

The following committees will meet today:

Government Organization will meet at 2:00 p.m. in Room 215E

Judiciary will meet at 2:00 p.m. in Room 410M

Finance will meet at 2:00 p.m. in Room 460M

Education will meet at 3:00 p.m. in Room 434M

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Judiciary will meet at 9:00 a.m. in Room 410M

Health & Human Resources will meet at 3:00 p.m. in Room 215E

 

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Monday, February 23, 2015 - 01:50 PM

Senate Bill 299 Completes Legislative Action

The Senate concurred with the House amendments and completed action on Senate Bill 299. The bill will clarify that duty-related disability payments in State Police (Plan B) begins the first day of the month following CPRB approval and member termination of employment.

Senate Bill 415 was passed and communicated to the House. The bill would add one circuit judge to each of the following judicial circuits: The Fifth Circuit, the Tenth Circuit, the Twenty-third Circuit and the Twenty-sixth Circuit. 

Six Bills were read a second time and advanced to third while, 36 were read a first time and advanced to second. 

The Senate is adjurned until 11 A.M. tomorrow.

The following committees will meet today:

Agriculture at 1 P.M. in 451M

Education at 2 P.M. in 451M

Government Organizations at 2 P.M. in 208W

Finance at 3 P.M. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 P.M. in 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

 Finance at 9 A.M. in 451M

Labor at 10 A.M. in 208W

Transportation at 10A.M. in 451M

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Friday, February 20, 2015 - 07:01 PM

House Reconvenes to Pass a Plethora of Bills

This evening the House reconvened at 4:30 p.m to pass bills that were on second reading. The Legislature voted to revoke the constitutional requirement that bills be read on a subsequent third day. Three bills completed legislative action including Senate Bill 298Senate Bill 378, and House Bill 2274

Senate Bill 298 clarifies funds within the Public Employees Retirement Fund. Senate Bill 378 involves relicensing electricians without retesting under certain circumstances. House Bill 2274 authorizes the Commissioner of Corrections to enter into mutual aid agreements.

The House also passed a multitude of other bills. Senate Bill 299 would clarify the start date of State Police duty-related disability payments. Senate Bill 302 relates to state retirement plans. House Bill 2054 relates to the right of the landlord of commercial premises to terminate the lease under certain circumstances. House Bill 2139 relates to the employment of retired teachers as substitutes in areas of critical need and shortage for substitute. House Bill 2140 relates to building governance and leadership capacity of county board during period of state intervention 

House Bill 2187 encourages public officials to display the national motto on all public property and public buildings. House Bill 2272 relates to the authority of the Board of Pharmacy. House Bill 2432 relates to the licensure requirements to practice pharmacist care. House Bill 2505 relates to retirement system participation and concurrent employment provisions. House Bill 2507 relates to membership provisions in the WV Municipal Police and Firefighters Retirement System.  

 

House Bill 2545  deals with reimbursement of certification fee National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. House Bill 2598 ensures that teachers of students with disabilities receive complete information about the school's plan for accommodating the child's disabilities. House Bill 2606 clarifies the potential sentence for disorderly conduct. House Bill 2632 exempts the procurement of certain instructional materials for use in and in support of public schools from the division of purchasing requirements. House Bill 2663 creates the Rehabilitation Services Vending Program Fund. House Billl 2669 relates to compulsory tuberculosis testing 

 

Two bills were read for a second time and moved to third reading with amendments pending. House Bill 2626 relates to use of the Abandoned Land Reclamation Fund. House Bill 2562 relates to sales tax increment financing. 

Seven bills were read for a first time.

 

The House is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. Monday.

 

The following committees will meet Monday:

Agriculture & Natural Resources will meet at 8:00 a.m. in Room 215E

Government Organization will meet at 9:00 a.m. in Room 215E

Judiciary will meet at 9:00 a.m. in Room 410M

Finance will meet at 1:00 p.m. in Room 460M

 

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Friday, February 20, 2015 - 02:55 PM

Senate Completes Action on DOH Audit, Passes 20 Bills

The Senate passed 20 bills today, suspending the constitutional rules requiring a bill be read on three separate days to pass 14 of them. Of those bills, House Bill 2008 completed legislation. The bill will audit the Department of Highways.

The Senate concurred with the House amendments and passed Senate Bill 6 today during the floor session. SB 6 would control the increase in the cost of liability insurance and to maintain access to affordable health care services for West Virginians.

Six bills were passed after being read for a third time, one of which was House Bill 2010, a law that would  elect all justices to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, all circuit court judges, all family court judges and all magistrates on a nonpartisan basis by division.

Six Bill on first reading were advanced to second. 

The Senate is adjurned until 11 A.M. Monday.

The Following committees will meet today:

Judiciary at 2 P.M. in 208W

the Following Committees will meet Sunday:

Judiciary at 6 P.M. in 208W

 

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Friday, February 20, 2015 - 01:14 PM

House Completes Legislative Action on Senate Bill 255

The House passed seven bills today during the floor session. Senate Bill 255 completed legislative action and is awaiting the governor's signature.

Senate Bill 255 would eliminate certain boards, councils, committees, panels, task forces and commission. 

House Bill 2461 realtes to delinquency proceedings of insurers. House Bill 2492 would repeal the requirement that an entity charging admission to view certain closed circuit telecast or subscription television events needs to obtain a permit from the State Athletic Commission. House Bill 2625 continues the current hazardous waste management fee. House Bill 2646 would legalize and regulate the sale and use of fireworks. House Bill 2702 redefines service personnel class titles of early childhood classroom assistant teachers. House Bill 2726 clarifies choice of laws issues in product's liability actions.

There are twenty bills that still need to be read for a second time.  Seven bills still have yet to be read for a first time.

 

The House is in recess until 4:30 p.m. today.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Judiciary will meet at 1:00 p.m. in Room 410M

Government Organization will meet at 2:00 p.m. in Room 215E

 

The following committees will meet Monday:

Agriculture & Natural Resources will meet at 8:00 a.m. in Room 215E

Finance will meet at 2:00 p.m. in Room 460M

Education will meet at 3:00 p.m. in Room 434M

 

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Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 02:15 PM

Clean Air Act Bill Completed Legislative Action

Today during the House floor session the House concurred with the Senate amendments to complete legislative action on House Bill 2004 . House Bill 2004 will provide a procedure for the development of a state plan under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.

Six bills were also passed this morning. The six passed bills included House Bill 2098 which would authorize  those health care professionals to provide services to patients or residents of state-run veterans' facilities without obtaining an authorization to practice. House Bill 2099 which would extend the time of meetings of local levying bodies when meetings are delayed. House Bill 2100 which would create a Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable Act. House Bill 2535 which relates generally to suicide prevention training. House Bill 2586 which would allow  for an alternative form of service of process in actions against nonresident persons by petitioners seeking domestic violence or personal safety relief. House Bill 2607 which would relate to the violation of interfering with emergency services communications and clarifying penalties. 

Seven bills advanced to a third reading and 20 bills advanced to 2nd reading. 

 

The House Health committee will host a public hearing today at 2 pm in House Chamber regarding House Bill 2021

The House Industry and Labor committee will host a public hearing tomorrow at 7:30 am in 215E on House Bill 2752 with a committee meeting to follow

 

The following House committees will meet today:

Senior Issues will meet at 1:30 p.m. in 462M

Education Sub B will meet at 2:30 pm in 434M

Education Sub A on Public Financing will meet today at 4:30 pm in 252M

Health will meet at 3 p.m. in 215E

Energy will meet at 3:15 p.m. in 410M

Judiciary will meet at 4:30 p.m. in 410M

Banking and Insurance will meet following the evening floor session in 410M

 

The following House committees will meet tomorrow:

Government Organization will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 215E

Education will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 434M

Judiciary will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 410M

Finance will meet tomorrow at 9:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. in 460M 

 

The House is in recess until 6 p.m.

 

Following a recess, the House briefly met to receive messages from the Senate and committee reports.

 

The House is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. 

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Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 01:59 PM

Senate Concurs with House and Completes Legislation on Senate Bill 389

The Senate concurred with House amendments and passed Senate Bill 389 today during the floor session. The bill will change the time period for renewal from the fiscal year to the calendar year; to allow renewal notification by electronic means; to clarify that nonrenewed licenses must be reinstated; to allow biennial renewal periods; and to permit the Board to promulgate legislative rules and emergency rules related to renewal and reinstatement. 

THe Senate made amendments to House amendments and passed Senate Bill 6 would control the increase in the cost of liability insurance and to maintain access to affordable health care services for West Virginians. 

Senate Bill 421 was reconsidered, amended and passed. It would clarify when punitive damages may be awarded in civil actions, and to limit the amount of punitive damages that may be awarded to comport with the due process rights of defendants. The amendment changed the cap on damages from three times the compensatory damages to four times or $500,000, whichever is greater.

The Senate also passed three additional bills. SB 42 would allow restaurants, private clubs and wineries to sell alcoholic beverages at 10 a.m. on Sundays. SB 294 would eliminates councils, committees and boards that are unnecessary, inactive or redundant, including the Council for Community and Economic Development; the Statewide Mutual Aid Committee; the Principals Standards Advisory Council; and the West Virginia Health Insurance Plan Board. SB 412 would establish reasonable time limits for the filing of complaints with the Real Estate Commission for potential disciplinary action against a licensee alleged to have engaged in unprofessional conduct.

Seven bills were advanced to third reading. 

The Senate is adjurned untill 11 A.M. tomorrow.

THe following committees will meet tomorrow:

 Health 1 P.M. in 451M

Education at 2 P.M. in 451M

Govornment Organizations at 2 P.M. in 208W

Finance at 3 P.M. in 451M

Judiciary at 3:45 P.M. in 208W

the following committees will meet tomorrow:

Labor at 10 A.M. in 208W 

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 02:31 PM

Senate Passes Three Bills, Advances Three to Third Reading

The Senate passed three bills today during the floor session. Senate Bill 277 would require issuance of certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth. Senate Bill 286 would provide medical and religious exemptions from mandatory immunizations for school children. House Bill 2004 would provide a procedure for the development of a state plan under sections of the Clean Air Act.

Senate Bill 421 was rejected on the floor, it would have  clarified when punitive damages may be awarded in civil actions, and to limit the amount of punitive damages that may be awarded to comport with the due process rights of defendants.

Senate Bill 42, SB 294 and SB 412 were advanced to third reading and all bills on first were considered read and advanced to second. 

The Senate is adjurned till 11 A.M. tomorrow. 

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Natural Resources at 2 P.M. in 451M

Finance at 3 P.M. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 P.M. in 208W

The following Committees will meet tomorrow:

Finance at 9:30 A.M. in 451M

 

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 02:10 PM

House Recognizes Marshall University, Completes Legislative Action on Two Bills

During today's floor session two bills completed legislative action along with five other bills being passed.

The first bill to complete legislative action was Senate Bill 13 which will reinstate open and obvious doctrine for premises liability. Second was Senate Bill 262 that will transfer CHIP and Children's Health Insurance Agency from Department of Administration to DHHR.

The bills that were passed included House Bill 2391, which would reduce early childhood education program requirements from five days per week to four days per week and imposing minimum instructional hours per week and minimum instructional days per year. House Bill 2523 , which would create a special revenue account to offset costs for the West Virginia State Police 100th Anniversary in 2019, and House Bill 2527, which would create a Task Force on Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children; "Erin Merryn's Law" were also passed during this afternoon's floor session.

Six bills were advanced to third reading along with six bills being advanced to second reading.

The House also recognized Marshall University and the University's late President Stephen Kopp who passed away in December. 

A citation was also presented during the afternoon floor session recognizing today as "Down Syndrome Awareness Day."

The House reconvened at 6 p.m. this evening and adopted House Concurrent Resolution 74 which is a committee substitute for House Bill 2002.

House Government Organization will hold a public hearing tomorrow at 8 a.m. in House Chamber on SB 361.

The House Judiciary committee will hold a public hearing today at 2 p.m. in House Chamber on HB 2686.

House Health and Human Resources will hold a public hearing tomorrow at 2 p.m. in House Chamber regarding HB 2021.

House Industry and Labor committee will hold a public hearing Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. in 215E regarding HB 2752

 

The following House Committees will meet today:

Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security will meet today at 1 p.m. in 434M.

Government Organization will meet today at 2 p.m. in 215E.

Finance will meet today at 2 p.m. in 460M.

Education will meet today at 3 p.m. in 434M.

Judiciary will meet today at 3 p.m. in 410M.

Industry and Labor will meet today at 7:00 p.m. in 215E.

 

The following House committees will meet tomorrow:

Pensions and Retirement will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 460M.

Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development will meet tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. in 215E.

Seniors Issues will meet tomorrow at 1 p.m. in 434M.

Health and Human Resources will meet tomorrow at 3 p.m. in 215E.

Energy will meet tomorrow at 3:15 p.m. in 410M.

Education subcommittee will meet tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. in 252M.

Judiciary will meet at 4:30PM in 410M.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow. 

 

 

 

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